Missoula’s Physical Therapists Since 1984.
Valley Physical Therapy is a locally owned and independent private practice that has been serving our local community since 1984. We are also physical therapist-owned and that means we value quality, personalized care for our patients. Our team consists of talented employees - both clinical and non-clinical - who have a strong reputation for clinical quality, effective outcomes and positive customer service.
Our mission is to provide quality, comprehensive physical therapy services through growing knowledge and skills, empowerment of clients, and promotion of health and wellness. We emphasize individual client evaluation and treatment to help clients meet their personal goals.
Keep Yourself Properly Hydrated?
Summer is in full swing. You have taken great care to keep the grass green, the flowers and vegetable garden watered, but are you keeping yourself properly hydrated? The amount of fluid required to remain well hydrated will vary with the climate, your activity level, medications, and your general health state. Heavy perspiration, diabetes, obesity and heart disease may require increased fluid intake. Hotter climates and hotter days generally equate to greater sweat production and more need to replenish fluids. Exercise in the heat further increases the need for hydration. If you know a day will be particularly hot and you anticipate you will be active, be sure to begin hydrating early! Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Thirst is a sign your body is dehydrated. Another indicator you may be dehydrated is in the color of urine. Urine should be clear or very pale in color if you are getting enough fluids. If you are not sweating during exercise or when out in the heat, you may be dehydrated and nearing heat exhaustion which can lead to heat stroke. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include headaches, cool, moist skin, dizziness and light-headedness, weakness, nausea and vomiting, and dark urine. If you experience heat exhaustion move to a cool area, use cool towels and fans, stop exercising and seek medical attention if necessary. Symptoms of heat stroke include fever above 104 degrees, irrational behavior, extreme confusion, dry, hot and red skin, rapid shallow breathing, rapid, weak pulse seizures, and unconsciousness. Heat stroke requires immediate medical assistance.
Staying hydrated can be easy. Though juices and milk are acceptable, water is best. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and high sugar beverages especially when in the heat and when exercising. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables will contribute to your water intake as well. Always hydrate before, during and after activity. Amber Coulter, MSPT